You know, this President is different than any other President I have experienced in my lifetime and it has nothing to do with the fact that he is the first black President, or his policies or party affiliation. It is quite simply his humanity. It oozes from him and his family. They are the most normal people I have ever seen in our most prominent house – and I love watching them.
If you have never seen the “Kid President” videos, they are funny, adorable, AND they have a pretty awesome message coming from a charismatic little boy who just wants everyone to get along. He has gained so much notoriety that he was invited to the White House to meet President Obama and this was the result:
What amazes and sickens me is the hate and vitriol that this video has inspired by those who don’t like our President for whatever reasons they have. They will take something like this and turn it into a political argument. They use it to further criticize the President, and honestly can’t open their eyes long enough to see that this is just a man spending some time with a little boy who adores him. Just a father taking the time to mentor and inspire a young boy who really just wants people to get along.
You know, I have seen other Presidents meet with children and it has always looked scripted and strained (even Presidents who have children of their own). President Obama never seems to have that attitude when he meets with children. He looks at them as the future of our country and lets them just be children. He is a father, he is the leader of the free world, and he has obvious joy in being with and inspiring young people.
As much as I love Bill and Hillary, we never saw them playing with Chelsea, the Bushes never publicly spent time with their kids and any time they were on camera it was a well behaved line-up with forced smiles and visible tension. Like the children are a center piece to success, and they flaunt them as well behaved backdrops. Stand, smile, wave, move on. Not THIS President. His kids made him kiss their Mom at a basketball game, they instagramed at the Inauguration and did what kids do – and he smiled. Michelle smiled. They let their kids be kids even in the midst of being the first family of the United States. This President makes the time to have dinner with his family. Over policy, over politics – this man prioritizes his family because you know what? He is going to be President for 8 years but he is a father forever – and for the first time in MY history – he is the first President to make that perfectly clear.
No matter what his dissenters may say, this man has his priorities in the right place and parents of any political affiliation should be able to see this behavior and learn from it and want to emulate it. We talk to death about family values, and when we have a family that espouses they very definition of what family values should be, people attack. People have gone so far as to attack the children themselves and in all honesty, those who have done this or agreed with the victimization of these kids should be down right ashamed of themselves.
I am truly disappointed with politics in our country. The fact that we seem to think that a President who spends time with his children, looks at his wife like she is the only star in the sky, and puts bunny ears on his dog is somehow our business to dissect and judge is disgusting. Judge his policy, judge his politics, but stop judging his fatherhood. Stop judging his compassion and excitement for children. It is not worthy of judgement. It is worthy of respect from either side of the aisle.
So I love President Obama not just because of policy or position. I love the family they have. I love his willingness to show us every second how much he loves and adores his family. I love his priorities. I love how he looks at Michelle. I love that he let Kid President sit at the Resolute desk and pick up the phone. I love that he eats fast food, and that he had a hard time quitting smoking (I bet he still sneaks one in every now and then). I love his patience (although I wish sometimes that he WOULD let the angry black man out and just start screaming at people). I love his laugh. I love watching Michelle look at him. I love watching White House kids be kids and not props. I love that he eats dinner with his family. I love that they go on talk shows, and answer Twitter questions. I love that he hugs strangers.
Regardless of anything else he does while President, his legacy; his real legacy is his children and the children of our country and nothing has made him forget that. That is why I love President Obama and his amazing and truly precious family. It would do us all some good to put the political hate aside and recognize that the values we all want in our families is modeled for us in a beautiful way by the leader of our country.